Moodle Induction Video

I've just realised I haven't blogged our Moodle induction video.

The Video was made for Leeds City College Park Lane Campus by myself and John Maskrey for the academic year of 2009/2010.

15 (ish) Things Worth Knowing About Coffee

Why I love

URL shortners have been a around for a while now, and not 1 has cornered the market, well until now. is here and it's the most used URL shortner.

I've always been a fan of purely because of it's ingenious name until I recently found out what is capable of.  On the front of it, is plain, simple and looks a bit boring, but as the old saying goes, never judge a book by its cover. is simply a url shortner, you enter your long URL address and it gives you a short one something like  you can customise your address so you if want to have you can have it, providing it's available. automatically tracks your links and personally I think this is reason why it's so popular. If you have a url you can simply add a + on the end of your link and it will show you all the stats, ( how many clicks, what country, when, etc.  if someone else also has a link to the same website then this will be shown too, you will see how many clicks your link has had and how many in total, it's quite amazing looking at the amount of clicks mashable have when they have popular post.  If someone has re-tweeted your twitter post then this will be shown too, lists every single re-tweet (a good way of keep track of your re-tweets).

The API is quite simply awesome and easily integrates with lots of twitter clients such as my favourite’s echofon, twitterfeed and tweetdeck using your username and API key which can be found on your profile page.

So if you are using another url shortner this would be a good time to change as and Twitter are quite simply a match made in heaven.

5 tips to enhance your Moodle course

Looking to enhance your Moodle course, is it looking drab? Here are a few simple tips that make your course shine.

1. Always use a heading for each topic
never under-estimate how important a heading for each topic/section is. It gives clarity and helps break the course up making it easier to digest. Not to mention easier to find what you’re after.

2. Contextualise is key
it’s all well and good uploading word documents and PowerPoint’s but do your students really know what’s what? It’s almost the same as buying a tin can without a label on; you don’t know what’s inside! Get these documents labelled to help your students find what they are looking for.

3. Use images to enhance visual learning
When developing your course always think about how the end user will perceive it. The last thing you need is to scare your students off before they have even had a chance to read your content.

4. Use the Choice Module for instant feedback
One of the things that we have learnt with our Moodle install is that we need student’s feedback, whether that is in the form of forums, questionnaires or a choices. I’ve always found the choice Module perfect for quick and easy feedback. So much so that quite a few of my courses have a “did you like this section” choice for feedback, it also helps in my design process knowing what students like/dislike.

5. Webpage’s instead of word documents
Let’s face it, we all love word documents, it’s what we know, we do everything in word, from word processing to drawing. Unfortunately this does have a down side, not all students have Microsoft Word and not all mobile devices are capable of viewing word documents. If you have a word document with just text, how about copying that into a webpage within Moodle. Just like magic it’s now an online editable webpage, which is capable of being viewed on almost any device.

Firefox Master Password

If you are like me then your probably quite lazy at remembering your passwords and usually let Firefox take care of them. if you are, you need to enable the Firefox Master Password.

Within Firefox security settings ( Tools > Options > Security tab) there is an option called "Saved Passwords" which kindly shows you all the passwords that are saved within Firefox.

However if you laptop gets "accidentally" left on a train or your you've got a nosey family, rejoyce! there is hope, Firefox has a Master Password option which allows you to set a password before any of your saved passwords can be used. Just head over to the Firefox security settings and tick the option "Use a master password".

when you fire up Firefox you get the following prompt before your passwords are accessed.

Movies I've seen (2010)

As I tend to watch tons of movies I will be constantly updating this post with a list of all the movies I have seen throughout this year (2010).

January [21]

1. Sherlock Holmes (2009) [Cinema]
2. Iron Man (2008)
3. Sholay (1975)
4. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)
5. Step Brothers (2008)
6. The Golden Compass (2007)
7. Australia (2008)
8. 300 (2006)
9. Forrest Gump (1994)
10. Balls of Fury (2007)
11. Inside Man (2006)
12. Gran Torino (2008)
13. Fame (2009)
14. Hostage (2005)
15. Children of Men (2006)
16. Avatar (2009) [Cinema]
17. Old Boy (2003)
18. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
19. Judge Dredd (1995)
20. Heat (1995)
21. Rambo (2008)

February [15]

22. I, Robot (2004)
23. Mean Machine (2001)
24. Avatar (2009) [Cinema]
25. The Matrix (1999) [Blu Ray]
26. The Matrix Reloaded (2003) [Blu Ray]
27. RocknRolla (2008)
28. Doghouse (2009)
29. Jennifer's Body (2009) 
30. The Matrix Revolutions (2003) [Blu Ray] 
31. The Holiday (2006)
32. West Side Story (1961) 
33. Se7en (1995) 
34. Daybreakers (2009)
35. Couples Retreat (2009)
36. Point Break (1991)

March [29]

37. Road House (1989)
38. Sorority Row (2009) 
39. The Damned United (2009)
40. The Box (2009) 
41. Old School (2003)
42. A Perfect Getaway (2009)
43. The Ugly Truth (2009)
44. Hitman (2007)
45. Stardust (2007)
46. Van Wilder: Party Liaison (2002)
47. Best of the Best (1989)
48. Best of the Best 2 (1993)
49. The Stepfather (2009)
50. The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009)
51. Bloodsport (1988) 
52. Bhaji on the beach (1993) 
53. Old Dogs (2009)
54. Sin City (2005)
55. No Retreat, No Surrender (1986)
56. Beowulf (2007) 
57. The Firm (2009)
58. Ninja Assassin (2009)
59. Felon (2008)
60. Up in the Air (2009)
61. Sydney (1996)
62. Kick Ass (2010) [Cinema]
63. Bitch Slap (2009)
64. From Paris With Love (2010)
65. Carlito's Way (1993)

April [11]

66. Shutter Island (2010)
67. Shaft (2000)
68. Bollywood/Hollywood (2000)
69. Swordfish (2001)
70. Big Momma's House 2 (2006)
71. Double Impact (1991)
72. Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
73. Down to Earth (2001)
74. Friday The 13th (2009)
75. Where's the Party Yaar? (2003)
76. Mannequin (1987)

May [4]

77. Never Back Down (2008)
78. Four Lions (2010) [Cinema]
79. Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) [Cinema]
80. Saturday Night Fever (1977)

June [3]

81. The Spy Next Door (2010)
82. It's all gone Pete Tong (2004) 
83. Death at a funeral (2010) [Cinema]

July [11]

84. The 41 Year old Virgin who Knocked up Sarah Marshal and felt Superbad about it
85. It's a Wonderful Afterlife (2010)
86. xXx (2002)
87. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Sh****D Me (1999) 
88. Unthinkable (2010)
89. Get him to the Greek (2010) [Cinema]
90. The Rock (1996)
91. Fashion (2008)
92. The Book of Eli (2010)
93. Cop Out (2010)
94. Catch me if you can (2002)

August [10]

95. Inception (2010) [Cinema]
96. Date Night (2010)
97. Transformers: Revenge of the fallen (2009) [Blu Ray]
98. Total Recall (1990)
99. Youth in Revolt (2009)
100. Toy Story (1995) [Blu Ray]
101. Toy Story 2 (1999) [Blu Ray]
102. Live and Let Die (1973)
103. The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)
104. The Expendables (2010) [Cinema]
105. Die Another Day (2002)

September [2]

106. Four Lions (2010)
107. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

October [9]

108. Back to the Future (1985) [Cinema]
109. Back to the Future 2 (1989)
110. Moonraker (1979)
111. Whip It (2009) 
112. Dr. No (1962)
113. Police Academy (1984)
114. Funny People (2009)
115. Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009)
116. Big Stan (2007)

November [5]

117. Paranormal Activity (2009)
118. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
119. Live! (2007)
120. The Hangover (2009)
121. You don't mess with the Zohan (2008) 

December [28]

122. Coming to America (1988)
123. Trading Places (1983)
124. The Infidel (2010)
125. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
126. Machete (2010)
127. Outsourced (2006)
128. Wild Target (2010)
129. Skyline (2010)
130. Easy A (2010)
131. Tron (1982)
132. The Legend of Awesomest Maximus (2010)
133. The Social Network (2010)
134. Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)
135. Grown Ups (2010)
136. Dinner for Schmucks (2010)
137. Insane (2010) 
138. Why Did I Get Married Too? (2010)
139. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010)
140. Unstoppable (2010)
141. Game of Death (2010)
142. Batman Begins (2005) 
143. The Santa Clause (1994) 
144. The Dark Knight (2008) 
145. The Santa Clause 2 (2002)
146. Surviving Christmas (2004)
147. The Polar Express (2004) 
148. Salt (2010)
149. Superman Returns (2006) [Blu Ray]

Leeds City College Chooses Moodle

I’m please to announce that Leeds City College has chosen Moodle as the college VLE from the academic year of 2010/2011

Click here to read the official press release (PDF)

Windows 7 God Mode

If you feel the need to control everything on your computer then how about God Mode.

to get God Mode create a new folder then rename it to the following



this gives you a link to a long list of options avaliable on your computer.